I am excited to present to you a guest post from the lovely and talented Emily Bilbery of Uffda Designs. Emily is a WAHM who sells her crafts on Etsy while watching and playing with her smooshy-cute daughter Poppy. She’s creative and knows how to have a thrifty good time and today she’s going to show us how to make pom poms. Bonus thrifty tip: lots of times you can find donated yarn at thrift stores when people decide it’s time for a de-stash, so keep your eyes open for thrifty deals.
Take it away, gorgeous!
season’s greetings, darlings! i’m completely honored to be guest-posting here today. little big is one of my all-time favorite blogs, and i’m so very excited to share a bit of crafty goodness with you all. i share carrie anne’s love of all things frugal and i also wanted my craft tutorial to be something that people on any budget and holding any skill level could make. so today i’m going to show you how to make yarn poms, a yarn pom garland and pom-embellished gift wrapping, without any sewing required! you’ll simply need:
* yarn (can be found at dollar stores and thrift shops, as well as craft stores.)
* sharp scissors
* wrapping paper of your choice, if you plan on using your poms to adorn gifts (rolls of plain brown, recycled paper can be found at dollar stores, target & hardware stores. another great option is hemming blocks thrifted/vintage fabric in various sizes to re-use in many years to come! gifts look so lovely wrapped in pretty fabric and tied with ribbon, string or yarn.)
now it’s time to make some poms!
POM POM TUTORIAL
1) first, begin loosely wrapping your yarn around your index and middle fingers, leaving a small gap between…
2) wrap, wrap, and wrap some more until you have a large bundle of yarn accumulated! use a little more than you think you’ll need, to create nice fluffy poms.
3) next, cut a small length of yarn (around 6 inches) and wrap it under/around the center of your bundle of wrapped yarn, between your fingers.
4) tie in a basic knot.
5) then slip your fingers out, tighten your strings in the center, and double-knot tightly to secure.
6) then, use your scissors to snip through the loops of yarn. work your way around the little donut…
7) and watch it magically transform into a fluffy yarn pom! trim around your pom with scissors until you have a nice uniform puff.
if you’d like to make a garland with your poms, here’s a really easy, no-sew method:
POM POM GARLAND TUTORIAL
1) cut a length of yarn that will reach across the area you want to hang it.
2) create poms in your desired colors & quantity to adorn the garland.
3) cut small lengths of yarn (around 6 inches) to match the number of poms you’re using.
4) tie the small length of yarn onto the large one with a basic knot.
5) then tie your yarn pom on through the center, and double-knot tightly to secure.
6) trim off the excess pieces of yarn, and repeat with your remaining poms to create your garland!
7) (optional) if you’re sewing-savvy, you can just grab an embroidery needle, thread it with yarn, and sew right through the centers of your poms to create a garland in no time!
these garlands are so cheerful and can be created to match any decor – try them for various holidays, or to match a child’s room. you could also make a long bunting to adorn a christmas tree! so very festive!
another great way to feature poms is to decorate gifts with them. this year i’m wrapping all of my christmas gifts with plain brown paper, yarn, and yarn poms. there is no limit to the color combinations you could use, or to the number of poms for each gift! they look equally cute with one pom or many. simply wrap your desired amount of yarn around your package, tie into a knot, and use a small length of yarn to double-knot your poms on (just like in the garland instructions above.)
here’s a few additional pom ideas, just for fun:
POM POM IDEAS AND INSPIRATION
* pom-embellished wreath! james at bleubird made the cutest one i’ve ever seen. plain wreaths can be found at dollar stores & craft stores.
* add poms to mittens, slippers or hats! simply thread some yarn onto an embroidery needle, push a generous stitch through the area you want the pom to lie, tightly double-knot the pom into place, and trim off the excess yarn.
* snag an ornament hook onto individual poms to create instant baubles for your christmas tree.
* pom book mark – cut a small rectangle of cardstock, punch a hole in the top, and tie on a pom!
* pom hair pretty – tie a yarn pom onto a hair elastic, or use hot glue to attach one (or more!) to a hair clip or headband.
happy crafting, and happy holidays! thank you so much again to carrie anne for inviting me to guest post. i hope you guys enjoyed this little tutorial!